Lassiter (film)

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Theatrical release poster by Steven Chorney
Directed by Roger Young
Produced by Albert S. Ruddy
Written by David Taylor
Music by Ken Thorne
Cinematography Gil Taylor
Edited by Benjamin A. Weissman
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • February 17, 1984 (1984-02-17)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $17,513,452

Lassiter (also known as The Magnificent Thief) is a 1984 American spy adventure action film starring Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour. The movie was made to cash in on Selleck's popularity as the character Thomas Magnum in the television show Magnum, P.I., but it failed to return its budget at the box-office on release. The Magnum, P.I. connection is perhaps most clearly seen by the movie poster tagline: The Magnum Man Hits the Big Screen with a Vengeance.


Nick Lassiter (Tom Selleck) is a gentleman jewel thief in 1939 London, England. He is arrested by the police after breaking into a London mansion and, after being a member of a phony lineup in which he is positively identified by a law enforcement plant, British law enforcement and the FBI blackmail Lassiter to break into the German Embassy and steal $10 million in Nazi diamonds from a German spy (Lauren Hutton), but first he must locate their hiding place. The gems are en route to South America and will be sold to help finance Hitler's military buildup.



Lassiter grossed over $17.5 million dollars at the box office against a $20 million dollar budget, making this a commercial failure.

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Lassiter currently holds a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 7 reviews.[1]

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